By Joe Ferronato
Having a quality scope on top of your rifle is a necessity when hitting the field. The Burris Signature HD series of riflescopes offers models that will fit the style and price point of every hunter. For those looking for precision at further distances, the 5-25X50 is a great choice for you. With quality glass, your choice of precision reticle and the Burris “Forever Warranty” you will have a scope that can last a lifetime.
The Signature HD line of scopes combines quality glass, sturdy—yet lightweight—construction and accurate, adjustable turrets that will work well for any hunting situation. This line of scopes was designed to be an intermediate level scope but for the price, this scope punches well above its weight class.
The Burris Signature HD 5-25x50 has a nitrogen-filled 30mm tube, a 50mm objective lens and a 46mm ocular lens. The crisp glass allows for easy viewing and a 22.5-4.5ft field of view offers easy target acquisition, making it a great choice for hunters. The multi-coated lenses offer superb low-light functionality and the rear-focal plane reticle ensures easy viewing even when at full magnification.
Every hunter wants good quality glass, it makes target acquisition on the animal much easier when seconds count. The scope that I tested proved to have glass that will standup to the situations any hunter will find themselves in. The lowlight capabilities due to the antireflective coatings are top notch and the field of view makes finding your target quick and easy. The coatings allow the scope to transfer light through the tube to your eye—rather than light reflecting off the lens—resulting in a crystal-clear image. Shooting in the early morning light was not an issue, the scope let plenty of light through and provided easy viewing of my target.
Even when looking through the scope at max magnification the picture was clear. I had no problem with target acquisition and could comfortably view my aiming point. There are a couple of added features on the Signature HD that give it an edge on the competition and make the shooting experience much more enjoyable. You can adjust the parallax easily with a nob on the left side of the scope. The adjustment ranges from 25 yards to infinity, which allows a shooter a clear view at any yardage. Another great feature is the adjustable reticle focus that allows the shooter to fine tune their reticle when positioned on the rifle.
The scope that I tested had the E3 MOA reticle that is calibrated for traditional magnum loads along with varmint loads. The reticle is easy to see and comfortable on the eyes. It allows for the shooter to have confident holds for a variety of shot distances and wind scenarios while not crowding your view while looking through the optic.
The E3 MOA reticle offers hashmarks for shooting out to 400 yards and windage marks to accommodate for a 10mph crosswind. Being a rear focal plane reticle, these marks can only be utilized while at the maximum magnification.
For shooters that prefer a lighted reticle the E3 MOA reticle offers a lighted center crosshair with six brightness variants with an “off” position between each. The illumination control can be found on the same nob as the parallax adjustment and is powered by 3-volt, lithium cell battery for long-term use. Having a lighted reticle makes shooting in low-light conditions much easier by giving the shooter a much clearer view of where their reticle is aimed by providing a staunch contrast between the reticle and the target.
While the reticle does offer hold-over hashmarks for long-range shots, adjusting your reticle provides more confidence when shooting at distance. Being able to hold the center crosshair on target rather than finding your holdover makes a longer shot much easier and less intimidating.
The Signature HD 5-25x50 has adjustable, low-profile turrets—offering 65 MOA of adjustment for both windage and elevation—that keep long-range shots well within reach. These turrets also have a push/pull locking feature; when depressed the turret is locked an unable to move. This ensures your zero stays locked into place until it is time to dial for your shot.
With quarter MOA adjustments, the shooter has the capability to dial their scope to their desired yardages with extreme accuracy. Proper D.O.P.E. (data on personal equipment) allows the shooter to have pinpoint accuracy on a target at long distances. These turrets make it easy to make accurate and ethical shots while hunting.
The low-profile turrets are also advantageous for a hunter. Most long-range scopes have turrets that extend well above the tube of the scope making it easy to get snagged while maneuvering through terrain. The low-profile turrets of the Signature HD that I tested hold tight to the main tube of the scope, so you don’t have to worry about them snagging on brush, rocks or tree limbs.
The Burris Signature HD 5-25x50 is a great choice for hunters. With long-distance capabilities, locking, low-profile, turrets and a rugged, yet lightweight, design means that topping your rifle with this scope will ensure confidence while afield. A bonus with this scope is the affordable price tag that can be obtained by your average hunter. But don’t be fooled, this scope will perform right alongside top-of-line scopes.
Burris Signature HD 5-25x50 Specifications:
Length: 14.3 inches
Weight: 24 ounces
Objective Lens: 50mm
Reticle: E3 MOA (with lighted option)
Finish: Matte Black
Parallax Adjustment: 25 yards to infinity
Contact: Burris Optics, 888-440-0244; burrisoptics.com
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